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Sunday, October 11, 2015

What We Watched for the Week of: October 5, 2015

Okay so another of my hobbies is watching television shows. I don't do this as often because I really can't stand reality shows and that's all there is now. However, there are a few shows that have snagged my attention and while these weekly posts aren't reviews per say, I thought it might be fun to share my thoughts on each week's episodes.

My tv partner is always Mr. Pud and he ALWAYS has something to say either in a look, gesture or in simply taking some of my snacks for himself.

I hope you'll share with me YOUR thoughts on not just these shows but your own favorites too!

*** Just a warning though. Given that these are not reviews but commentaries on each show, expect SPOILERS.

My thoughts for the week of: October 5, 2015

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Show: Blindspot
Episode Title: Eight Slim Grins
Cast: Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
Channel and Time: Mondays at 10/9c (After The Voice) on NBC
Episode Summary: A jewel thief – a member of an infamous crew with a tattoo identical to Jane’s is caught after a nearly perfect heist; Jane is visited by the bearded man from her first memory.

My Thoughts: It’s only been three episodes but so far Blindspot has been doing a great job at keeping things under wraps until it’s necessary. It’s one tattoo at a time, one clue at a time. A show like this could easily lose its viewers with too many twists, turns and number of conflicts in each episode.

This week’s episode however gave viewers a HUGE piece of the puzzle of Jane Doe’s identity and the reasons behind her tattoos. Jane Doe is no longer Jane Doe. She has a name and a history with Agent Weller. I’m stalling here guys because I’m about to reveal something and even though I already said there will be spoilers mentioned, I just want to give you a fair chance to opt out so you don’t get spoiled.

Okay, so Agent Kurt Weller had a childhood friend who went missing 25 years ago. In the previous episode Weller discovered a scar at the base of Jane’s neck. It coincided with an accident Weller’s friend suffered after she fell out of a tree. This week’s episode was pretty much an exercise in patience as I waited and waited for the DNA test results to come in. It wasn’t until the last few minutes that the truth was revealed: Jane Doe is Kurt Weller’s childhood friend and her real name is… Taylor Shaw.

What does this mean for Jane/Taylor? What does it mean that each time Weller and Jane/Taylor come close to someone who may know anything about her dies?

Eight Slim Grins gives Jane/Taylor a chance to really showcase the skills that seem second nature to her. It also shows how dangerous she can be to anyone foolish enough to get in her way.

The show has given fans one answer in a sea of hundreds of questions and it’s an important one to get out of the way. I just read that a full season of the show has been ordered which thrills me to no end because I’m really digging the way this show keeps me on my toes.

The one thing I can’t seem to get used to or enjoy is the method in which the show is filmed. There’s too much shaking and bouncing around going on and I can’t focus very well during the rapid fire scenes.

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Show: The Muppets
Episode Title: Bear Left Then Bear Write
Cast: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn,
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC (Before Fresh off the Boat)
Episode Summary: Nick Offerman assists the gang; Christina Applegate brings Miss Piggy a surprise; Liam Hemsworth, Pepe and Rizzo help Gonzo with online dating.

My Thoughts: I can be honest, this latest Muppets incarnation isn’t the same as what people are used to. The show has grown, evolved into something that adults can enjoy too. Those who criticize the show for being “raunchy” obviously didn’t read about the show before it aired. And they obviously don’t remember some of the innuendos from the old show. They weren’t exactly “G” rated folks.

This week saw three celebrity guest stars and they were all great. I loved seeing Miss Piggy’s trademark temper flare with Applegate’s “present” to her. Though she didn’t knock anyone into the wall, she did share her displeasure. I would have liked for Miss Piggy to have shared screen time with Liam Hemsworth since I remember fondly her reaction to handsome males.

Fozzie Bear hears what Kermit really thinks about his jokes: They just aren’t funny. Poor Fozzie actually went out into the wild to try and write more material and he just fails miserably! He’s a bear who doesn’t know how to “bear.”

The one big complaint I have about this episode was Chip the IT guy. Man, that dude is F-R-E-A-K-Y looking! He creeps me out! He’s like a serial killer in muppet form. My opinion? Get rid of him ASAP! *shivers* If you haven’t seen him yet, Google him. He scares me just a little. I’m going to place him right up there with clowns.

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Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Episode Title: Purpose in the Machine
Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 9/8c (After Fresh Off the Boat) on ABC
Episode Summary: Fitz and the team ask an Asgardian for help unlocking the secrets of the monolith that swallowed Simmons; May comes to a crossroads.

My Thoughts: Fitz oh how I love your determination and your loyalty! This guy just doesn’t give up hope until the last possible second and only after hard evidence has been presented. He’s gone through the most since the beginning of the show but he still maintains a bit of that innocent view of the world.

The team is still struggling to find its footing in the new world they live in and it seems that Skye/Daisy is emerging as a leader faster than anyone anticipated. I hope she retains what made her so special from the beginning: Her passion for being a member of S.H.I.E.L.D, that loyalty and commitment to helping anyone in need. I can say that if Skye/Daisy ever becomes prejudiced against regular humans and turns away from Coulson it would seriously mess with my enjoyment of the show.

I am so glad that Simmons didn’t stay lost for the remainder of the season, the team already has a lot on their plates and more enemies than you can shake a fist at. They don’t need the addition of a missing Simmons and a rogue Fitz.

So Hunter is actually going to try and get revenge on Grant Ward. I think this is the craziest (and probably stupidest) things he’s thought of. His intentions are good and he did have a point when he told Melinda that once Ward has put HYDRA back together he’s going to come gunning for them hard. I just don’t think he’s the guy to put Ward down. Maybe he’ll surprise me but I just don’t want him to be a casualty of Ward’s new found power trip.

It’s a bit sad to see how far gone Grant Ward is. But then again he didn’t turn to HYDRA, he always was HYDRA. He’s an oncoming train wreck you can’t help but watch. Ward seems to revel in the chaos and trouble he’s going to cause. It will be interesting to watch if there’s a big ole showdown between him and his old SHIELD team.

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Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title: Whispers in the Dark
Cast: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood, John Noble, Shannyn Sossamon, Nikki Reed
Channel and Time: Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox
Episode Summary: Crane and Abbie are forced to face their pasts in surprising ways when a new form of evil is unleashed.

My Thoughts: Okay the beginning of this episode was a hoot! Ichabod being domestic in a modern setting? There was sure to be at least one disaster! Joking aside, it was great to see him and Abbie trying to get on the same page again. With Abbie being an FBI agent now, their dynamic is a bit different. She seems to be further out of reach than before, even with her sister Jenny. Abbie’s new boss is an old flame and it will be interesting to see (IF this guy survives longer than his predecessor) how Ichabod will react to someone possibly interfering in what he sees as his and Abbie’s mission to stop any paranormal baddies. He’s a little possessive about that particular bit.

I’m curious as hell about two things this season (And trying NOT to think about how bad things could go later in the season): If Nikki Reed is a regular cast member, what does that mean for her character, Betsy Ross? Will she stay in the past and appear via MANY flashbacks (Doubtful), or will she somehow find a way to the present day (Most likely) and if so, how will the show explain HER time traveling? How will her presence affect Ichabod and Abbie’s team work?

And just what the hell IS Pandora growing in that dark place anyway???

I would love to see Ichabod and Abbie as long term house mates, it could help them rebuild and reinforce their friendship that seems to be a bit off balance since Ichabod left to England over the break and Abbie joining the FBI. It could also present some opportunities for light hearted scenes to balance out the darker aspects.

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